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Senior Non-Fiction Publisher, Sydney CBD

Are you an Aussie looking to return home to an exciting new role where you can grow your experience and join a supportive team? Do you have exemplary commissioning, publishing and author service skills? Hachette Australia is growing its non-fiction publishing team and we are looking for a Senior Non-Fiction Publisher to help create and implement the vision for our non-fiction program. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with proven commissioning experience, gained in either a book or magazine environment, to join a thriving and collaborative team. This is a full-time permanent position based in our head office in Sydney or one of our satellite offices in Brisbane or Melbourne


As Senior Non-Fiction Publisher, you’ll lead the non-fiction acquiring team, managing one team member, and will be responsible for acquiring and commissioning an exciting, innovative, agenda-setting and commercially focused list of authors, including underrepresented voices and high-profile celebrities, which identifies gaps in the market, emerging trends and stays ahead of the competition. In this role, you will perform the following principal duties:

  • Develop our diverse non-fiction list, especially in the areas of popular culture, current affairs, memoir, biography and sport
  • Seek out new trends and make the most of your excellent network of writers, thinkers, celebrities, influencers, agents and talent managers to sign up new authors
  • Increase the profit of the local publishing non-fiction list, and
  • Manage agreed budgets, control costs and royalty advances.

You’re a fit for the role if you have:

  • Proven record of commissioning and publishing commercially successful titles informed by consumer insight
  • Great creative instincts combined with strong commercial judgment and entrepreneurial flair
  • Significant editorial experience, including content generation and proven experience working with complex and/or legally sensitive projects
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to build strong relationships internally and externally
  • Experience working to budgets and handling financial information/data
  • Experience managing people and inspiring them to deliver their best
  • Excellent negotiation skills, high emotional intelligence and great listening skills, and
  • A collaborative mindset but are comfortable taking decisions autonomously where needed.


Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.


If this sounds like you, please send your cover letter and a CV to Your application must also include a prediction about a future non-fiction trend and how you would successfully publish a bestselling book that taps into it. The job application closing date is Monday 4th July 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.


Senior Non-Fiction Publisher, Sydney CBD

Hachette Australia, Australia
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Senior Non-Fiction Publisher, Sydney CBD

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